Prayer Requests 2-27-17

Anyone have something to share?

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
    and sing for joy on their beds.

May the praise of God be in their mouths
    and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters,
    their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them—
    this is the glory of all his faithful people.

Praise the Lord.

27 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 2-27-17

  1. Kare, I read yesterday’s post. So sad. I feel for the mother too. You have hinted there is estrangement and having faced issues with my own daughter I am less quick to judge.
    It is unfortunate that her mother came in “loaded for bear” and sent the friend home. It would have gone much more smoothly if the mother had thanked the friend for all they had done. Graciousness is always called for.

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  2. I’ve been trying to find someone who has stayed up all night praying–to learn what that was like. I suggested to my husband yesterday that maybe it’s what happens to me–where I go to bed but an awakened time and again and pray–sometimes for one person over and over.

    That was last night for Cheryl’s father-in-law.

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  3. I have never deliberately stayed up all night to pray. I am afraid I would be like the disciples and fall asleep. I feel physically ill when I am very tired. I have made myself stay up late or even all night on a couple of occasions when I absolutely had to do so.

    I have had nights when I slept intermittently and prayed much. Those were times of deep grief and so much obvious need.

    I seldom sleep well now and I do wake up and pray, often several times. I also go through memorized scripture finding out what I have forgotten or do not strongly remember. I do pray for situations that I have heard on this website during those times, as well as others of which I am aware.

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  4. Praying that everyone can come to wise decisions for Kaitlyn’s sake. It must be so scary for everyone, which adds to all the emotions from all the past dealings. So often we miscommunicate and push one another away, when what we all really want is to be loved and respected. Praying for forgiveness and forbearance for all.

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  5. Kim – I was thinking of Kaitlyn’s mother, too. It sounds like she is trying to handle her fear of losing her daughter by trying to hold on to any control of the situation & her daughter as she can.

    That sounds like a harsh judgment, but I don’t mean it that way. I understand the impulse. My mom would have felt similarly, although I don’t think she would have been as forward about it.

    Praying this situation will drive her into the Father’s arms.

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  6. I remember my mom asking what in the world ‘they’ did to me when I was still hospitalized after having my first baby. My sister commented that I looked like warmed over death. Neither was helpful, but said what they were thinking. Hopefully, this mother will get some good input from those others in her daughter’s life, so that the best is done for her daughter.

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  7. Michelle,
    I am sending you a link for a local Catholic church. I am sure a church near you has something similar. An individual doesn’t pray all night, but prayers never cease. It is under Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and you can click down through to see what they do.
    They built a special, small chapel for this ministry.


  8. Ages (and 2 churches) ago, our Quaker church had signups for praying around the clock for a particular period (maybe an hour apiece?) with the idea that the full 24 hours would be covered for several days running. One could either pray in the chapel on the church grounds or at home.

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  9. I will confess there is the mother of one of BG’s friends that is young enough that she wanted to be the girls friend. I highly suspect that she bought them cigarettes when they were underage. I was called to school one day when she was picking the girls up and had them cross a street where they were not allowed to cross. The principal called her in,another mother, and me. The other mother and I were smoothing things over and Mother/Friend was arguing with the principal. I see her comment on BG’s FB or Instagram or whatever and I see read. I almost bite my tongue in half to keep from telling her just exactly what I think of her and to QUIT TRYING TO BE MY CHILD’S FRIEND!!!!!
    I take deep breaths and tell myself not to get down on her level.

    Soooo……I haven’t asked you to pray for BG in a while. Please do.

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  10. Thanks Kim. I know there are orders of nuns whose ministry is simply to pray. I pray a great deal throughout my day and like Kathleena, usually pray when awake at night. I’ve just never set out to pray an entire night. I can’t imagine my mind settling down well to the task.

    One of the people I’m investigating for the next biography writes frequently about staying up all night for prayer during a crisis situation–even calling people in the middle of the night to join in. It was a dire situation, but it went on for, literally, years. I’m trying to wrap my puny spiritual muscles around that.

    Also, as a writer, I would want to explain for the modern reader just what was going on and what that means–that’s why I’m looking for someone to interview. Or preferably, a number of people. Maybe I just need to talk to some nuns somewhere . . . if they talk to outsiders these days?

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  11. Kare does Kaitlyn have a case worker available to her? Working in Hospice we had case workers to counsel with families as they navigated their way through….wondering if cancer patients had the same type of resources. I saw a great many families “melting down” as they grasped the reality of death for their loved one. They would be at one another’s throats, lash out at the care givers, doctors and nurses. I would try to protect the patient and the hospice case workers would attempt to minister to the family as gently as possible….human emotion can be so unpredicatable….praying for all involved ❤
    Michelle I have prayed through the night on few occasions….as I recall those times all that comes to mind is "peaceful"….knowing He was present….

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  12. Kizzie, not wanting to stir up trouble but wanting you to be aware. As far as the phone with the little fellow, it may be contrary to the judicial call. If he is to only have supervised contact with the boy, allowing him to talk on the phone is probably against the rules. If he is having private conversations, the man can be doing a lot of emotional damage.

    I say this because, even at twenty, my daughter put herself into a difficult situation by having contact with her bio dad. He was trying to get money and gifts from her by making her feel guilty that he was in prison and could not get things for himself. She has had to discontinue taking his calls and no longer visits him in prison. A child is very much under the influence of a parent and no outside words can change that. Which is why judges say no contact without supervision at times.

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  13. Michelle, I may have pulled a near all night prayer session or two when I was an adolescent. I can’t remember a specific, as those years blur together, but I do remember being awake nearly all night repeatedly. It wasn’t a productive or helpful thing, but rather born out of the obsessive and compulsive symptoms that I had for five years in my early teens. Praying was a compulsive ritual to deal with the obsessive unwanted thoughts of guilt and fear that I was experiencing. I can talk about it now, but not even my parents realized how far it went at the time. I don’t think you will want to interview me 🙂 Now, I remember what the Psalmist said, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” For me, letting myself sleep when I need to is a matter of showing trust that God is in control, and he will look after what I cannot.

    I needed to remind myself of that just now.

    Kaitlyn is an adult and has full control over her decisions regarding treatment, including where she has the treatment and who will be with when she is getting it. The mother has no say in the matter, other than what K allows her. K’s mother is probably grieving, but it is particularly egregious that she should choose this time to try to isolate K, as she may not have much time left with her friends. Allowances can be made for the grieving process, but what K’s mother is displaying is potentially abusive behaviour. The nurses at the hospital should be and appear to be helping K maintain her autonomy – that’s part of our job.

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  14. It would be good for friend to offer to be available if needed. If mom is not open to that, perhaps leave her contact number with the nurses?


  15. Thank you for all the prayers for Kaitlyn. She is indeed 23. Now for the update:

    She is doing well considering. The doctor came and explained that palliative means that the cancer will kill her, but not necessarily right away. She could still have 5 years or so!! with chemo and medicines. Praise God! They still do not know what type of cancer it is and have sent the biopsy samples to BC for further testing.

    This morning, several of her friends were visiting and as they were going to pray for her one of the nurses asked if she could join in as well – so there was a whole bunch praying. After they left Kaitlyn’s mom said “I now see why this is where you should be”. I am so thankful for this.

    Her oxygen levels and hemoglobin are still low and she says her stomach feels weird, but not nauseated.

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  16. Kare, my aunt – wife of the uncle whom I took care of before he died – was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer that the physicians told her was fatal. She lived for nine years before it finally killed her – she died a year and a day before her husband.

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  17. Mumsee – Thanks for the heads-up. I don’t know if Mr X can only have supervised visits, or if it’s only a matter of his mom having to pick up Little Guy because Mr X can’t come to the house. I’ll talk to Nightingale about this.

    So far, Little Guy has had his phone calls with his dad on speaker phone – I think because he doesn’t want to hold it up to his ear, not sure – & we have heard the conversations. Yesterday they were talking about staying up late, what time they usually go to bed, & about LG’s soccer class. Little Guy is never off in some room alone talking to him. But as I said, I will pass your concerns by his mother.

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  18. Well, my father-in-law is on hospice, and evidently he may be with us a few more days than anyone expected. For various reasons, it really “needs” to be this week, though. (The biggest is that they can only stay in the hospital through Friday, and after that would have to go into a nursing home. Well, Mom and my sister-in-law are both sleeping in his room, and we are all staying there for long periods of each day, and that couldn’t happen in the nursing home.)

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  19. Mumsee – Nightingale says that Mr X has unsupervised visits with Little Guy. His mom only has to pick up Little Guy because Mr X is not allowed at the house, because the protection order is still in effect for Nightingale.


  20. Continued prayers for you all Cheryl….does your hospice not have an inpatient unit? Your situation is exactly why most have the inpatient unit….and if they do not, hospice should offer taking care of your precious father in law in home. Dad wanted to be home when he passed away…. Hospice transported my Dad from the hospital to my parent’s home….they had a hospital bed set up in the living room and we were provided round the clock hospice nurses for 4 days until he went to be with our Lord…praying for you all….


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